X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

Fantasy Football Burning Questions - AFC East

Our advance preseason series with Burning Fantasy Football Questions for 2019 continues with a look at the AFC East.

In this division, our hot topics include the passing games in New England and Miami, nearly the entire offense in Buffalo, and a superstar RB for the Jets.

The Patriots are always at the top of the division, of course, but from fantasy perspectives, they certainly have question marks like any other of their three rivals.

Featured Promo: The FFPC Playoff Challenge #2 is back for the Divisional Round with a massive $100,000 grand prize and $260k total prize pool. Here's the deal: no salary cap, no draft, no pickups, no subs. Choose 8 players, and as NFL teams get knocked out so will your players, so choose your team wisely. The 1,500 entries will sell out quickly, and registrations will close on Saturday January 21st at 4:30 pm ET . Don't wait - get your team now and end your fantasy football season with a shot at $100,000! Sign Up Now!

 

New England Patriots

Burning Fantasy Football Question: Can N’Keal Harry make an instant impact as a rookie?

The King’s Answer: In the 2019 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick used a first round pick on a WR for the first time in 19 years. The need in the New England passing game was very apparent, and from a skill set perspective, Harry fit the bill of exactly what the Patriots would want in a new wideout. With Rob Gronkowski gone, Josh Gordon’s status uncertain and Chris Hogan a departed disappointment, the Pats required a significant playmaker to work opposite Julian Edelman.

Physically, Harry meets the qualifications. He checks in at 6-4 213 and can make catches in traffic,  gains yardage after the catch and can be a threat in scoring situations near the goal line. Fortunately for New England, he fell to No. 32 and they felt he was the best big target on the board at that time, even over D.K. Metcalf.

He really does not seem to have too much competition for a starting job, as new acquisition Demaryius Thomas is trying to bounce back from a second Achilles tear and has certainly seen better days, and Dontrelle Inman is a stopgap type. Phillip Dorsett is only occasionally effective. This seems to be a situation where Tom Brady simply must get his prized rookie the ball.

Sometimes. Fantasy players often expect rookies to seize opportunities as well. Harry is the 37th WR off the board so far, putting him just outside of WR3 territory. That seems to be fair based on the opportunity, but even as a fringe back-end WR3, we could be expecting a bit much of Harry. It has never been easy for any first-year pass-catcher to succeed in New England. Working with Tom Brady is challenging in a passing game that has been so efficient for so long. In addition to dealing with a significant amount of defensive attention and adjustments to the pro level, Harry will have to learn the finer points and nuances of the Patriots passing game, so he has a lot on his new NFL plate.

Harry’s natural ability and a healthy amount of targets should lead to promising outings, as Brady has often made his premier pass-catchers elevate their output. Even if Brady is not quite the same prolific passer he was even two years ago, working with him should pay quick dividends for Harry at times. But the responsibilities are a lot to ask of a rookie, so inconsistency will be an issue, and you likely will not be able to count on him as a regular Fantasy starter.

 

New York Jets

Burning Fantasy Football Question: Where should Le’Veon Bell be drafted in PPR leagues this season?

The King’s Answer: From a talent perspective, we already know that Bell is an elite player. In terms of intangibles and motivation, there is a lot to like. He wants to show he can still play at a superstar level after a year off and prove the Steelers wrong for not committing to him. Plus, if he rekindles his standout status in New York, he will become a local hero, and that could lead to more visibility and marketing dollars, especially if he starts pushing the Jets in a winning direction quickly.

The only real question is, how will he respond after a year off? The perceived “rust” should not last long at all, because he will have a full training camp and preseason to get ready for his first campaign as a Jet. He is not rehabbing from an injury, so he should be able to get into playing condition in an optimal time frame. He will have to learn how to operate with new teammates and coaching in new schemes, which is new for Bell at this point of his career. A season-long layoff and a change of scenery are his biggest challenges. He could conceivably take time to mesh ideally in his new surroundings.

Bell has an early ADP of No. 7 at RB and eighth overall. Personally, I would definitely take McCaffrey, Zeke, Barkley, Kamara and Conner over him at RB. It’s a close call between Bell and Joe Mixon, and I would not call it crazy to go with the latter, but I still perceive Bell to have the higher ceiling. He has been among the best of the best at RB before. Hopkins, Adams and Michael Thomas are such sure things as top-shelf WRs that I would have to take them over Bell, too.

Todd Gurley is going one spot ahead of Bell so far, but he has far larger issues now, obviously. Julio Jones is another consideration after a strong second half last year in terms of TDs, as is Travis Kelce. But possible superstar RBs fly off the board so fast that I will wait on Jones and Kelce. Melvin Gordon’s annual nagging health problems also put him behind Bell for me.

I consider Bell one of the last of the potential superstar RBs on the board, so he has to be in the Top 10 PPR choices for me, especially with his great receiving skills. He is a risk to start slowly as he adapts to new surroundings, but I will still confidently take him as the sixth RB off the board and ninth overall.

 

Buffalo Bills

Burning Fantasy Football Question:  Should any Bills, other than Josh Allen, be drafted in yearly leagues?

The King’s Answer: LeSean McCoy has an ADP of 84 overall and 36 at RB. He is coming off the worst season of his career and I have already heard some owners and Fantasy analysts say they won’t draft him at all. There have even been rumors that he could be a cut candidate or he may be traded. McCoy will turn 31 in July and does not look like a bounce-back type.

I would not say McCoy is not draftable, though, and took him in the 12th round of a recent mock. Even if he does somehow not remain on their roster, he could end up in a timeshare somewhere else and may be useful as a flex play. If he stays with the Bills, he should still at least have flex appeal when he is healthy. He’ll be the lead runner and can still catch the ball out of the backfield, even if he is not nearly as productive as he used to be.

At WR, the Bills brought in John Brown and Cole Beasley to bolster the corps, and Robert Foster was a nice surprise late in the 2018 season. In the final seven weeks of the year, he had three 100-yard games and three TDs as he exploded onto the scene as an undrafted free agent. I landed him in the 14th round of a recent mock and I would pick him first of the Buffalo WRs because of his work with Allen late last year. Brown started fast last year with three 80-plus yard games and three TDs in his first four outings before the Baltimore passing game became more unstable. He could be more consistent this year, as Allen is not afraid to fling the ball downfield. Cole Beasley has never been much of a Fantasy factor in his career and Zay Jones is an occasional contributor. I’d take McCoy, Foster and Brown in double-figure rounds.

 

Miami Dolphins

Burning Fantasy Football Question: Should we draft any Fins pass-catchers?

The King’s Answer: That may depend on how the QB competition shakes out. If Ryan Fitzpatrick starts, we know he is going to fearlessly fling the ball downfield, and that means either impressive numbers when he is going well, and even catch-up stats when he is not. Or there are simply times when he s downright awful.

Kenny Stills had six TD receptions last season and still has big-play ability. He should be taken with a late pick for sure if Fitzpatrick wins the starting job over Josh Rosen. Albert Wilson briefly looked like a start last year before suffering a season-ending hip injury, and he could have some prolific outings working with Fitzpatrick. Second-year TE Mike Geisicki must take another step forward and could be worth a final pick in larger leagues. If you draft Devante Parker again, though, you deserve to suffer.

If Josh Rosen wins the job, we will have to wait and see if he develops a solid on-field rapport with anyone. But if he beats out Fitzpatrick, that means he will have performed pretty well in the preseason and we can look at his top targets as late round fliers.

More Fantasy Football Analysis


Check out all of RotoBaller's fantasy football rankings. Staff rankings are updated regularly for all positions and include standard formats, PPR scoring, tiered rankings and dynasty leagues.




LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

ROTOBALLER PLAYER NEWS

Ben Simmons4 hours ago

Questionable Against The Knicks
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope4 hours ago

Expected To Play On Saturday
OG Anunoby5 hours ago

Exits Friday's Game Versus Golden State
Joel Embiid5 hours ago

Questionable Against Visiting Nuggets
Michael Porter5 hours ago

Jr. May Not Play Against Philly
Jamal Murray5 hours ago

Listed On The Injury Report For Saturday
Bruce Brown5 hours ago

Uncertain For Meeting With Sixers
Nikola Jokic5 hours ago

Expected To Play Versus Philadelphia
Joonas Korpisalo8 hours ago

In Goal Friday
Martin Jones8 hours ago

Starts Friday Against Calgary
Jake Oettinger8 hours ago

Minds The Crease Against New Jersey
Antti Raanta8 hours ago

Between The Pipes Friday
Desmond Bane9 hours ago

Unavailable On Friday
Tyler Stephenson9 hours ago

Reds Planning On Full Season For Tyler Stephenson
Danny Duffy9 hours ago

Rangers Sign Clint Frazier, Danny Duffy To Minor-League Deals
Jesús Aguilar9 hours ago

Jesus Aguilar To Split Time At First Base, DH
Tyrese Haliburton9 hours ago

Not Cleared To Play Yet
Paul Blackburn9 hours ago

James Kaprielian, Paul Blackburn Expected To Be Ready
Kevin Love9 hours ago

Remains Out On Friday
Donovan Mitchell9 hours ago

Listed As Doubtful For Friday
Pete Fairbanks9 hours ago

Agrees To Three-Year Extension With Rays
Andrew Nembhard9 hours ago

Cleared To Play Friday
Atlanta Braves9 hours ago

Braves Sign Brian Snitker Through 2025 Season
Myles Turner9 hours ago

Available Versus Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo10 hours ago

Available On Friday
Cole Hamels10 hours ago

Looks Great During Showcase
Jeff McNeil10 hours ago

Mets Agree On Four-Year Extension
Noah Dobson10 hours ago

Out Through The All-Star Break
Nick Blankenburg10 hours ago

Unavailable On Friday
Tua Tagovailoa10 hours ago

Still In Concussion Protocol
Gustav Nyquist10 hours ago

Ruled Out Indefinitely
Sam Bennett10 hours ago

Back For Florida Friday
Frederik Andersen10 hours ago

Available On Friday
Christian McCaffrey10 hours ago

A Full-Go For NFC Championship
Matthew Beniers10 hours ago

Out For At Least Two Games
Shea Theodore11 hours ago

Returns To Action Friday
Travis Kelce11 hours ago

Listed As Questionable For AFC Title Game
Auston Matthews11 hours ago

Out For Three Weeks
Patrick Mahomes11 hours ago

Off The Final Injury Report
Bobby Portis13 hours ago

To Miss At Least Two Weeks With Knee Issue
Andrew Wiggins13 hours ago

' Status In Question For Friday's Game
Luguentz Dort13 hours ago

Ruled Out Against Cleveland On Friday
Rudy Gobert14 hours ago

Uncertain To Play On Friday Versus Memphis
Desmond Bane14 hours ago

Questionable On Friday With Knee Issue
Myles Turner14 hours ago

Receives Questionable Tag On Friday
Curtis Terry14 hours ago

Orioles Sign Curtis Terry To Minor-League Deal
Tyler Duffey14 hours ago

Cubs Add Tyler Duffey On Minor-League Deal
Andrew Suárez14 hours ago

Cardinals Sign Andrew Suarez To Minor-League Deal
Matt Duffy14 hours ago

Royals Sign Matt Duffy To Minor-League Deal
Michael Perez14 hours ago

Mets Re-Sign Michael Perez
Ian Kennedy15 hours ago

Agrees With Rangers
Fernando Tatis Jr.15 hours ago

Takes Swings Thursday
Christian McCaffrey15 hours ago

Says He's Playing Sunday
CHI20 hours ago

Jaxson Stauber Grabs Another Victory
Frank Vatrano20 hours ago

Scores A Hat Trick Against Colorado
Owen Power20 hours ago

Makes History With Another Goal
Moritz Seider20 hours ago

Delivers Three Assists
Nick Schmaltz20 hours ago

Scores His First Hat Trick
Karel Vejmelka20 hours ago

Shuts Out The Blues
Wade Allison21 hours ago

Hurt In Thursday's Loss
Joel Edmundson21 hours ago

Goes Down With Lower-Body Injury
MIN1 day ago

Matt Boldy Helps Minnesota Defeat Philadelphia In Overtime
Sal Frelick1 day ago

Others Invited To Camp
Colson Montgomery1 day ago

Among Camp Invites
Darwinzon Hernandez1 day ago

Orioles Designate Darwinzon Hernandez For Assignment
Houston Astros1 day ago

Astros Hire Dana Brown As New General Manager
Carolina Panthers1 day ago

Panthers Hire Frank Reich As Head Coach
Robert Stock1 day ago

Brewers Sign Robert Stock To Minor-League Deal
Darell Hernaiz1 day ago

A's Acquire Darell Hernaiz In Trade With Orioles
Patrick Mahomes2 days ago

Logs Full Practice Wednesday
Patrick Mahomes3 days ago

Will Practice Wednesday
Emiliano Grillo3 days ago

Not An Option At Farmers
Will Zalatoris3 days ago

Loves Playing At Torrey Pines
Maverick McNealy3 days ago

May Struggle At Torrey Pines
Keegan Bradley3 days ago

A Decent Play At Farmers
Hideki Matsuyama3 days ago

Another Risky Play At Torrey Pines
Adam Svensson3 days ago

A Buy-Low Candidate At Torrey Pines
Adam Hadwin3 days ago

Looks Sharp In First Start Of 2023
Kurt Kitayama3 days ago

A Dark-Horse Fantasy Option At Farmers
Tony Pollard3 days ago

Should Be Full Strength Before Training Camp
Jon Rahm4 days ago

Heads To Farmers In Dominant Form
A.J. Brown4 days ago

Hip Injury Isn't Serious
Josh Allen4 days ago

Not Expected To Need Surgery
Christian McCaffrey4 days ago

Elijah Mitchell Expected To Play
Patrick Mahomes4 days ago

Andy Reid Says Patrick Mahomes Is "Gonna Play"
PGA4 days ago

Sungjae Im Could Continue Momentum At Farmers
Tony Finau4 days ago

Aims To Battle For Farmers Insurance Title
Hayden Buckley4 days ago

Creates Intrigue At Farmers This Week
Max Homa4 days ago

One Of Those Californians To Contend
Gary Woodland4 days ago

Seeks Rebound After Sony Open
Glover Teixeira5 days ago

Unable To Replicate His Magic
Jamahal Hill5 days ago

Earns UFC Gold At UFC 283
Deiveson Figueiredo5 days ago

Unable To Capture The Crown
Brandon Moreno5 days ago

Becomes Undisputed Champion
Neil Magny5 days ago

Suffers First-Round Defeat At UFC 283
Gilbert Burns5 days ago

Locks In Submission For Big Victory
Jessica Andrade5 days ago

Lauren Murphy Runs To Into Major Road Block
Jessica Andrade5 days ago

Dominates To Take Decision At UFC 283
Paul Craig5 days ago

Unable To Rebound In UFC 283 Main-Card Opener
Johnny Walker5 days ago

Earns Explosive Victory Saturday
Christian McCaffrey5 days ago

Dealing With Calf Injury
Tony Pollard5 days ago

Suffers Fractured Fibula
Tony Pollard5 days ago

Carted Off On Sunday
Buffalo Bills5 days ago

Tre'Davious White Exits Meeting With Cincinnati
Buffalo Bills5 days ago

Jordan Poyer Being Evaluated For Head Injury
San Francisco 49ers6 days ago

49ers Prioritizing Nick Bosa Extension
Tony Pollard6 days ago

Could Be Issued Franchise Tag
Deiveson Figueiredo6 days ago

Set To Meet Brandon Moreno Again
Wan'Dale Robinson6 days ago

Plans To Be Ready For Week 1

TODAY’S MOST VIEWED PLAYERS

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP